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The Me FiRi Ghana & WAM Campaign Story – Shared in Switzerland!

During the World Economic Forum Me FiRi Ghana’s Founder was selected to present the work of Me FiRi Ghana and the charity The WAM Campaign during the India Adda precession in Davos.

We never thought that this search for identity and the creation of this one jumper in University would allow us to educate educators about our idea and share YOUR stories to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world; and to have one of the leading leadership and change management experts from America come to me and say after my talk “you sold it to me” was more than humbling!

Hear about the journey here:

Me FiRi Ghana Story told during the World Economic Forum in Davos!

Read below a diary entry from our Founder who explains in his own words how and why the Me FiRi Ghana and WAM story was shared during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland


DAVOS: World Economic Forum:

A week after arriving back in London I had my ticket confirmed for a flight to Zurich, Switzerland during the world economic forum. To be honest with you, I heard about the world economic forum but I didn’t know about it! I think it was a conversation with my brother that made me research into it a bit more…


How did this opportunity come about?

In July 2012 I entered a competition that caught my attention. It was a competition created my INDIAFRICA that was looking for young visionaries from Africa and India. I didn’t think much of it but thought the idea of travelling to India could be quite fun, so I put forward my vision as part of the application.


After two rounds of applications, in November 2012 Amit the CEO if INDIAFRICA calls me as I’m driving and says I was selected as a Young Visionary representing Ghana and that he wanted me to present what I am involved in at the India Adda Hub during the world economic forum, where I would receive my award from India’s Minister of Commerce – Imagine!


What is the world economic forum?

The world economic forum is the gathering of the world’s industry leaders, presidents, ambassadors, movers and shakers, doer’s and influences in the world.


Indian Minister of Commerce presenting Award to Founder of Me FiRi Ghana

I cannot describe that 5-day experience in its totality. But I can say that I am so thankful for that opportunity as it opened my eyes to a new world. When writing this blog post I thought, how best can I describe this eye opening experience… well there are two incidents that happened that I want to share that may help you understand the environment I felt humbled to be in:


Me FiRi Ghana Founder with Ghanaian Entrepreneur Bright Simmons, Musician Aaron and a leading national branding expert part of the Indiafrica Team!



Imagine going to the bathroom, doing what you need to do, exiting the bathroom (washing your hands of course!) and as you climb the spiral stair case back to a room you see a 6 ft very well dressed smart casual looking gentleman that made me say “Ozwald” and he turns around!

“O hi” he said, now what do I say? (act as if!)

“Hi my name is Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, are you okay there”

“Nice to meet you, but yes, I am a bit lost I am looking for…. at ….”

“Well this is xxx but ….”

I was having a conversation with Ozwald Bateng, a man I admire for his attention to detail and excellence and for his new foundation’s initiative for which he explained to me in a bit more detail that day…




the first morning in Davos, myself and Ken (my Kenyan friend living in South Africa) decided to go for a walk and check out Davos. He was dressed in a suit I was in my jeans, trainer’s scarf and Nike NSW jacket! To cut a long story short, we entered the India Adda hub, which was full of, ladies and gentlemen who all looked important dressed in suits and formal attire! Then this dark skinned slim looking gentle-man in his jeans enters (me) and I just feel soooo underdressed for this party! So I didn’t really mingle or make it more than 2 metres past the front door. I looked to my left and saw a gentleman sitting on the sofa sipping on some tea. Davos, is located in the mountains and is freezing cold so it was a great conversation started to ask what type of tea he was drinking. To cut a long story short, the gentleman just so happened to be the founder of SkyPe, be one of the first people to trek across the African continent in their jeep, and the chairman of a multi million pound group of companies in the oil and gas industry!


In Davos, you could bump into anyone! But for me it was the experience of being able to share the entrepreneurial story so far – about how an idea I had in university formed Me FiRi Ghana, which birthed the idea for the charity the WAM Campaign – to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world.







Me FiRi Ghana speaks on TEDx SOAS!

There was a period when we used to watch TED videos like 4 times a day, so when we got the call and was asked to give a TED talk at TEDx SOAS, we were shocked, amazed, humbled yet embracive of the opportunity. All we say is Me FiRi Ghana!

Anywho, the theme of the talks that day were centered on shifting paradigms and the event organizer asked our founder to discuss the work we are involved in and how, why and what we do is influencing our community. Below is our first appearance on TED. Hopefully another opportunity will arrive. In the video below our founder reveal something you may not have known about him!

For those that do not know, TED is an online platform which brings together the world’s most influential and innovative thinkers and gives them no more than 18 minutes to talk about their idea, concept or passion and how they are influencing their community and the world at large by proactively taking steps towards their idea. One of my favorite videos can be seen below:



Why Volunteer in Ghana…

Compulsory Volunteerism

Nine years ago I volunteered to work in an orphanage in a small village in the Eastern part of Ghana I am no Mother Theresa so I didn’t do it for a humanitarian or altruistic reasons.

Heinz_baby_foodI had 3 months to spare and nothing better to do but I am thankful I did it. It turned out to be one of the best things I have done in my life! Four volunteers, 2 lads (Si and I) and to lasses (Nana and Rach), I remember the first day I turned up at the orphanage. There were about 25 children, the oldest 14 years and the youngest was about 2 years. I smiled nervously as we were introduced to them and the 2 ladies that worked there. This was nothing like I had imagined. Well I did not expect the kids to be in 5 star accommodation and to be treated to a feast all day everyday but what I saw was well below my expectation. The children looked malnourished for a start and what they were having for breakfast? A tiny pot each containing Heinz baby food. Every child was to eat that, even the 14 year old! We all looked on in shock. I think Grandma (the owner of the orphanage) noticed this, she pulled up a pot and offered it to us, “try it” she said, “it tastes good”. Apparently they had been donated to the orphanage by her daughter who lives in Italy. We later had to explain its food meant for little babies. Bless her, she is illiterate so could not have read the labels.

Ghanaian_Children_Me_FiRi_GHANAAfter breakfast the children started getting dressed for school. I notice the clothes were either too tight on them or hung too loose. It was as though they had a pool of clothes from which each child had to take a dip every morning and don whatever their tiny bodies pulled out. The orphanage building itself was in a pretty good state. It’s a 3 room semi-detached house. There were massive straw mats spread in all the rooms suggesting every room was used as a bedroom. The area in front of the building was where they had their shower and is also used as a cooking area. Later on that morning we made our way to the “school”, it’s about 50 metres from the orphanage itself. I am not sure if you would call it a school, it’s a church hall which doubles up as a classroom for these children. Grandma could only afford to employ 1 teacher so all they had was one big class, with children of varying ages. Teaching aid was the billy basic. Two 3m x 2m chalk board painted black with carbon from used dry cell batteries, a few boxes of chalk and not enough books, pens and pencils for every child.

Teaching_in_GhanaAll four of us seemed confused. I bet the same question was ringing through each of our heads “where do we start?” We all imagined we were going into a structured organisation were we would be given defined roles but what we had was the exact opposite. The only structure we had was the orphanage building itself! After long deliberation, we decided Nana and Rach would take care of the orphanage – food, accommodation etc Si and I would take care of the school with the teacher. We got to work that same day. We split them up into 3 classes based on their ages and that was no mean task as these children had no clue how old they were! We each took a class. We managed to get some more books, pens and pencils. We had a good routine going and we had some pretty clever students too. Plans were in place to get some of them into the mainstream local government school.

Fast forward three months and you had 25 children in tears and 4 volunteers fighting to hold back theirs. It was time to say goodbye, it was time to go back home. Four ordinary people with a few months to spare had made a whole world of difference in the lives of these children. There are many orphanages and like institutions in dire need of voluntary workers. These institutions do not have the funds to employ full time workers. Most of them are started and managed by benevolent individuals out of the kindness of their hearts. Like the one I worked in, Grandma started and funded it from her own pocket, with donations from her daughter who is resident in Italy. During our time there we met an Irish timber merchant who lived in the next village. He made a couple of donations whilst we were there and hopefully that continued.

WAM_Campaign_Volunteer_in_Ghana_www.wamcampaign.orgI am well aware that in Ghana there are only a few organisations which run such voluntary programs so let us make good use of them. You don’t have to be a professional teacher or a social worker. All they need is a willing heart ready to help. It does not have to be 3 months; it could be a few hours a day, a week or a month. Many Ghanaian university graduates often complain about the lack of work experience when they come out of university which is a major requirement for most employers. Well here is my simple, common sense solution. If we make it compulsory for all students in Ghana to spend at least one holiday period during their four years at university to do some sort of voluntary work, then we would have killed two birds with one stone. One, students will leave university with some work experience for their CV and two; they would have provided a great service to the very needy in our society. It will also help teach our youth the priceless value of volunteering for unpaid work in a world where money is held in high esteem. Let us encourage the spirit of volunteerism! 

Emmanuel Frimpong and Lethal look DENCHHHH

Lethal Bizzle and Emmanuel Frimpong are looking DENCHHHH!


Dench_Emmanuel_Frimpong_WAM_CampaignRapper Lethal Bizzle and Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong have teamed up to launch their very own fashion label. The two who are second cousins started their family business in August 2011, designing T-shirts with the slogan “Dench”. The Dench T-shirt range proved to be a number one seller as within the first month 10,000 were sold. You may have already come across the brand when the Gunners’ midfielder wore a “Dench” vest top in the recent defeat to Manchester city.

The clothing line which is based on the word “Dench” is a term invented by Bizzle meaning a good or bad thing depending on the context it is being used in. It can be: ‘That girl looks dench!’ or ‘Your breath smells dench!'” explains Bizzle’s manager Nadia Khan.

The label so far has been very successful and also been very controversial. There have been speculations that the iconic British actress Judi Dench has been the inspiration behind the label.

However despite the rumours, there has been a high demand to look Dench. The pair has now expanded their T-shirt collection into designing hats, shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies.

Recently signing a deal with the Gunners, you can now purchase the garments at the Arsenal shop, on Arsenaldirect.com, or alternatively grimedaily.bigcartel.com.

By Kimberley Osei-Abeyie

Ghanaian Culture: Pride of being Ghanaian…

Ghana Pride!

What does it mean to be British and Ghanaian?

Personally, being a British Ghanaian, would mean to explore both cultures and to be experimental on how they could be integrated within life.

Having the essence of speaking English to my fellow British peers and friends, yet to conversely  Converse in Twi to my Ghanaian community.

To decorate myself as a British Ghanaian, with the beauty traditions and customs and beliefs of an Ashanti(Ghanaian)!

To be able to educate the British of our Culture, and to teach them the history of our country.

To increase our knowledge and teach others, that factually much of Britain was built on Ghana’s Gold!

To remember the simple fact that much of Britain was built off peoples backs.

To know that my parents and family worked hard to make sure I was raised up well, and educated.

To take advantage of  the benefits and opportunities offered in Britain, and to be able to take new knowledge, skills tactics, experiences and ideas back Ghana; to give love and knowledge to the community of my country – letting the citizens positively gain benefits @WAMCampaign.

As Quotes, “Kindness in giving creates love.” By Lao Tzo.

Below is a video containing successful British Ghanaians, whom take on their view point of answering the Question……..

What does it mean to be British and Ghanaian?

Tell us your viewpoint Below, by answering the question !

By Trey’C

Volunteering in Ghana: WAM

W.A.M (What About ME!) is an initiative which aims to provide young people with exciting creative platforms to contribute to the wellbeing and development of orphans and vulnerable children living in Ghana.

With the support of the Ghana High Commission, the W.A.M Campaign aims to motivate and inspire young people to contribute their skills, gifts and talents through energetic fundraising activities and by participating in the volunteer programme in Ghana.

With record numbers of travellers now visiting Ghana, the W.A.M Campaign highlights a number of challenges faced by young people in Ghana, creating opportunities for YOU to give back in an easy, fun and practical way.

This Christmas, the W.A.M Campaign will be in Ghana, giving you the opportunity to actively volunteer in both Accra and Kumasi. You can come and teach, dance, play sport, sing… and so much more!!

SO…If you’ll be in Ghana during the Christmas season, why not come and share your unique talents to better the lives of others? Even if it is just for an hour, a day, or for a whole week, YOU can make a difference.

“What About ME?’ ‘It’s NOT about me?” realises that the best of you comes out, when you bring out the best in others.


WAM Campaign: Sky Dive Fundraiser

To raise money in support of the WAM Campaign, Ambassador Fiifi Atta Mills, Ernest Simons, Dzifa & Members of the Me FiRi GHANA Team decided to (for some reason!) JUMP OUT OF A PLANE.

This was no ordinary thing! We were strapped against a professional and pushed out of a plane from 13,000 feet in the air.

But it is not about us. It’s about the kids we raised money for in Ghana as we supported the WAM Campaign. (More info. on WAM – happening this Christmas in Ghana – coming soon)


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